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major color change

Postby jgrillout » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:04 pm

I had a male and female Melanochromis auratus, the male died a few weeks ago. Now the female has changed color. She was primarily yellow & white with some black stripes. Now she is primarily black a tan strips. She looks more like the male did. She is in a tank with all males. Is it possible she is camouflaging herself to look like a male for survival ? Or is this a normal change for the females to go through? I know it's not a good situation to have her in and I will probably see if my local pet store will take her.
75 gallon freshwater
1 male & 2 female German Reds
1 male & 1 female Lemon Jakes
1 male & 2 female Star Saphires
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Re: major color change

Postby Old Newbie » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:29 am

Females can take on male coloration and male roles when no males are present, or when needed for survival.
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